Rain Barrels & Gardens

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens are popular ways to treat and properly manage storm water run-off on personal property.

A RAIN BARREL is a rainwater storage system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. A rain barrel collects and stores roof top runoff. A RAIN GARDEN is an attractive, landscaped area typically planted with perennial native plants build in depressions which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. Both types of water conservation help alleviate problems associated with flooding and drainage. The following documents are helpful resources about rain barrels, and rain gardens.


About Rain Barrels, what they are, benefits, tips & FAQ - 2 pages by Wayne SWCD

Painting your Rain Barrel - Tips from Wayne SWCD - 1 page sheet

Rain Barrels - A Homeowner's Guide -28 pgs by Southwest Florida Water Management District

Many people ask about where to get rain barrels. They can be purchased-during our annual tree sale, or you can search & buy them online, or the cheapest way is to make your own rain barrel, IF you can get a food- grade barrel. Our goal is water conservation...however you can do it! Below are a few you-tube videos on how to make your own rain barrel, and then some PDF' documents with suggestions as well. Good Luck!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvWginV0el4– use plant basket 6 ¼ “ for filter on top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGFDlkJOdaM - on HGTV- bung on bottom, 3” hole top w/ window screen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0NZXTfZqcg w 4” downspout adapter on top, vents & screen underneath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4zoPm2Eu2Q by Penn State – use atrium gate& drain sleeve on top for filter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbwPRYIS-os– uses 8” round black grate on top –finishes with camo painting!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3NNaTdyW84 - by Fort Hays student – uses PVC adapter 4” to 3”, cut over bung

How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel - 1 page by the City of Bremerton, WA

Rain Barrels & Assembly - 2 pages by AWARE from Mahoning SWCD

Design Facts - Catch the rain that would have washed away - 1 page

Rain Barrel Installation Guide & How to install an Overflow Valve - both by Stark SWCD


(documents all in pdf form)

Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners - 20 page guide by Geauga SWCD (#1 )

Rain Gardens -A household way to improve water quality in your community - 8 pgs Univ Wisc

Build your own Rain Garden - 4 pages by Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, WI

Helpful websites for Rain Gardens and Plants - compiled by Wayne SWCD

Rain Gardens - a Technical Guide - 36 pages by Virginia Dept. of Forestry

Rain Gardens for Pro Home Landscapes - 4 pages by the Great Lakes Region, Raingardens.org

Rain Gardens - A how to Guide - 12 pages by Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities

Native Plants for Gardens, Rain gardens, & Shoreline Stabilization - 5 pages by Blue Thumb

Rain Garden Plants - native to the Kansas City Region - 1 page